Heart of Darkness

  • by Joseph Conrad
  • Narrated by Michael M. Thompson
  • 4 hrs and 17 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

"Going up that river was like traveling back to the earliest beginnings of the world, when vegetation rioted on the earth and the big trees were kings....And this stillness of life did not in the least resemble a peace. It was the stillness of an implacable force brooding over an inscrutable intention. It looked at you with a vengeful aspect." The place is the Belgian Congo, "darkest Africa" of the late 19th century. The narrator, Marlow, describes his experiences running a river steamer for the Company and the cruel colonial exploitation that was practiced. Marlow goes into the jungle in search of the mysterious and powerful white trader Kurtz, hoping to find answers and explanations in that shadowy figure's character for the evil surrounding him.Film director Francis Ford Coppola based his Vietnam epic Apocalypse Now on this classic story.

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Audible Editor Reviews

Michael Thompson's performance of this 1902 classic demonstrates subtlety and power. His voice is sonorous and his inflections are convincing. Thompson's narration captures the brooding nature of Conrad's protagonist. We follow Marlow up the Congo River as he discovers the nuances of the trading business, and the mystery of Kurtz, a legendary Ivory trader who he meets far up the river. The inhabitants of the region show a godlike reverence towards Kurtz, and Marlow must decide whether he feels respect, horror, or pity for the man and the imperialistic machine that drives him. Heart of Darkness is Joseph Conrad's masterpiece. It exposes infernal truths about the human existence.

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Pay attention!

Heart of Darkness is a celebration of words and phrases. It less about the melody and more about the voice of each instrument played perfectly. I suppose it is like a Grateful Dead concert: the instrument is celebrated not the melody.
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- Jenn

A classic made better by a good performance

I read this book for a literature class and didn't really understand it but after picking it up here I found that I could follow it better. I thought Thompson did a great job with the narration, I didn't have any problems understanding him. I'd recommend this version over some of the others offered.

It is a book that you need to concentrate on or it's easy to get lost and because of that I had to listen to sections over again to understand them but it wasn't particularly long so that wasn't much of an issue.
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- Adam

Book Details

  • Release Date: 12-16-1999
  • Publisher: Recorded Books